Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Great places to read

Never ceases to amaze where a first grader will go to be comfortable reading. We have some unique, cozy and comfortable spots in our room, but it seems that "Reading in low places" is a popular option this year.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

It's Martin Luther King Jr Day

As part of our Social Studies curriculum we study famous Americans, which includes Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to watching the BrainPopJr video above, we will also be reading several books about his life as well. As we read and watch, we will be collecting and discussing interesting facts and information about his life.

BrainPopJr is a subscription site and as such you will not be able to view the above video without logging in. If you are interested in viewing, feel free to contact me and I will send you the username and password as I cannot post it online. 

Our smartboard sort of then and now
We also discussed how things were back in the 50's and 60's and compared it to how things are now. I had several examples that we sorted on the Smartboard. We had a great discussion and I was so proud of everyone and their feelings of how we should all be treated equally.

We also watched this Reading Rainbow story. Enjoy! Such a powerful message for us all to remember!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Tens and ones

We've been doing lots of practice with building 2 digit numbers using 10s and 1s blocks. We've also been working on comparing these numbers and looking at how many 10s the numbers have to determine which is the larger number.

This week we also got an Osmo in our classroom! We started out by trying the Tangram app in which students have to use a set of Tangram pieces to create various shapes and images. The beginning levels have been fun but as the levels increase in difficulty the problem solving skills will increase. We will also be trying out the numbers and words app that go along with the Osmo as well. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our class 
to you and your family!!!
If the music doesn't play,click the speaker icon in the top left corner

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Global iBook project

We've been prepping for weeks now to get to get ready to work on our chapter for the global iBook project, TWIMA3, which will be all about patterns. The outcome of this book will be stunning I'm sure as it is being put together by one of my fellow Apple Distinguished Educator friends, Mr. Jon Smith (@theipodteacher) from Ohio. When the book is done it will be available free on iTunes for you and your child to enjoy and marvel at their efforts!

Over the course of this time we've talked about patterns, found patterns, and analyzed patterns in all sorts of places around our school. At this point we've been focusing on repeating patterns but as we work into our pattern lessons in math in the coming weeks, we'll also be learning about growing patterns.
 Today each kiddo was given the task of:

  1. Finding something in our room that had a pattern and take a picture of it
  2. Use hands-on materials of their choice from around the room to build their own patter
  3. If they had time- they were to create a pattern on the iPad using an app of their choice. Kiddos chose apps such as Magnetic Alphabet,  Pattern Blocks, and Drawing Pad to create their masterpieces.
I was pleasantly surprised by their choice of apps as I wouldn't have thought to use some of the ones that they chose. NEVER underestimate the power of a first grader and their thought process! The collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills that were used as we worked through the tasks was phenomenal! Many students began with basic color or shape patterns but as they worked through each task, their ideas and creations became more and more elaborate. 

The next step will be for us to analyze our patterns and explain them to others by either writing about them or recording some information about them. We will again be using a variety of apps depending on their personal preferences. Apps may include PicCollage or Explain Everything. We'll see what others they feel will work the job. I'm excited to watch and learn from this great group of kiddos. They never cease to amaze me!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Mystery Number Skype

We took part today in a Mystery Number Skype with Mrs. Newton's class in Texas. We worked hard asking questions like, "Does your number have a 6 in the 10s place?" or "Is your number less than 53?" With each guess we would mark off the numbers on a 100 grid to zero in on their mystery number

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Another day with Jean Pennycook in Antarctica!

We joined Jean Pennycook in Antarctica again today for another visit with the penguins. We joined a bit late because we had our Farm To School lesson today. The call was archived so your child can watch the beginning part. We had 2 of our questions answered by Jean today and we were very excited to hear them on air!!!!